Matisse Museum in Le Cateau Cambrésis, Northern France. The singular history of the museum and the issues of its entry into the digital.

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Elsa Urtizverea, Matisse Museum , France

Published paper: Matisse Museum in Le Cateau Cambrésis, Northern France. The singular history of the museum and the issues of its entry into the digital.

The future of the museum is inextricably linked to its past, its singular history and the content of its Collections. To properly understand the issues and the challenges is facing the museum today; we need to briefly come back to its past.

In 1951, Matisse receives in Paris, a few personalities from Le Cateau, his birthplace in the Northern France. Deeply moved by the initiative of his compatriots, Matisse proposes to give important artworks to his hometown. That is how the history of the only museum he created during his lifetime begun. The Matisse museum was inaugurated November 8, 1952 with a collection of more than eighty artworks presented in the Town Hall.

In 1982, the museum is transferred in the "Palais Fenelon", a small castle of the seventeenth, historical site in the city. In 1992 the museum is attached to the Department of the North which significantly changes its resources.

The French architects Laurent and Emmanuelle Beaudouin has been chosen in 1997 to ensure the renovation of the Fénelon Palace and to give the museum an extension. While the museum is closed for renovations from 1999 to 2002, Alice Tériade, wife of renowned art publisher, donated to the museum great masterpieces.

After tackling for years the collection development, the public reception, and embedded the museum in a virgin territory from cultural practice, the museum has entered a new era, that of a digital rebirth. The basic tools have been developed in the recent years but it is now necessary to go beyond this first step. This huge project that the museum must delve is accompanied by a new museum extension. Very recently, the museum acquired the old covered market in the city; adjacent to the museum. The first prerogatives will focus on the development of digital tools. In this field, every thing is possible and the museum's team is working on several projects which are beginning to bloom.

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The future of the museum is inextricably linked to its past, its singular history and the content of its Collections. To properly understand the issues and the challenges is facing the museum today; we need to briefly come back to its past. In 1951, Matisse receives in Paris, a few personalities from Le Cateau, his birthplace in the Northern France. Deeply moved by the initiative of his compatriots, Matisse proposes to give important artworks to his hometown. That is how the history of the only museum he created during his lifetime begun. The Matisse museum was inaugurated November 8, 1952 with a collection of more than eighty artworks presented in the Town Hall. In 1982, the museum is transferred in the "Palais Fenelon", a small castle of the seventeenth, historical site in the city. In 1992 the museum is attached to the Department of the North which significantly changes its resources. The French architects Laurent and Emmanuelle Beaudouin has been chosen in 1997 to ensure the renovation of the Fénelon Palace and to give the museum an extension. While the museum is closed for renovations from 1999 to 2002, Alice Tériade, wife of renowned art publisher, donated to the museum great masterpieces. After tackling for years the collection development, the public reception, and embedded the museum in a virgin territory from cultural practice, the museum has entered a new era, that of a digital rebirth. The basic tools have been developed in the recent years but it is now necessary to go beyond this first step. This huge project that the museum must delve is accompanied by a new museum extension. Very recently, the museum acquired the old covered market in the city; adjacent to the museum. The first prerogatives will focus on the development of digital tools. In this field, every thing is possible and the museum's team is working on several projects which are beginning to bloom.